Biomimicry

How can architects build a new world of sustainable beauty? By learning from nature. At TEDSalon in London, Michael Pawlyn describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun.

Maybe I’m naïve to believe that we can “invent” our way out what may currently appear to be intractable environmental problems by means of technological innovation and unconventional thinking, but talks like this help provide much encouragement to consider what may be possible, rather than simply dwelling on what is not.

War Criminal!

As former Vice President Dick Cheney takes the podium at the CPAC convention, an audience member loudly denounces him as a “war criminal”…

What’s particularly funny about this clip is that if you listen closely to the chatter in the background, someone on stage can be heard to remark, “We’ve got a Canadian.” Heh.

The Lifecycle

The second installment of Charlie Brooker’s brilliant new series How TV Ruined Your Life demonstrates how television has something to infuriate anyone of any age.

“In summary then, TV has never quite got you. When you’re a kiddywink, it’s just a meaningless light source. When you’re young, it either demonizes or patronizes you. When you’re in your middle years, it makes you feel too old by ruthlessly highlighting your flaws. When you’re older than that, it wipes you offscreen altogether leaving you feeling socially irrelevant. And when you’re really old, it sneaks into your room in the dead of night, holds a pillow over your face and quite literally murders you with invisible electric hands. What a monster!”